Richard Stockwell

Linguist

I am a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church, University of Oxford.

I work on syntax and its interface with semantics.
Topics include ellipsis, dialect syntax, and free relative clauses.

I recently completed my PhD in the Department of Linguistics at the
University of California, Los Angeles.

My dissertation is available here:
Contrast and Verb Phrase Ellipsis: Triviality, Symmetry, and Competition

Contact me at: richard.stockwell@chch.ox.ac.uk

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Research by topic

Ellipsis

Triviality and contrast in ellipsis. Chapter 2, PLC 43, SALT 28.
  • * If John comes, he does come.
VP ellipsis with symmetrical predicates. Chapter 3, MA thesis, NELS 47.
  • John wanted to dance with Mary; but Mary didn’t want to dance with John.
"MaxElide" effects. Chapter 4.
  • John should eat something, but I don't know what (*he should).
Sprouting and the structure of except-phrases. With Deborah Wong. NELS 50, Sluicing+@50.
  • Everybody liked the movie, except John, but I don’t know why John didn't like the movie.

English dialect syntax

Objectless Locative Prepositions in British English. With Carson T. Schütze. Submitted, LSA 2019.
  • The box with papers in. - N.B. no it!
Dialects haven't got to be the same: modal microvariation in English. With Carson T. Schütze. LSA 2019.
  • %You haven't got to leave.
Possessive preproprial determiners in North-West British English. BLS 43.
  • Our John came for tea yesterday.

Free relatives

Nuances in English who free relative clauses. With Carson T. Schütze. Accepted.
  • That's who broke into my house! vs. ?*Who met Chris left early.
Transparent Free Relatives with Who. With Carson T. Schütze. LSA 2019.
  • I once saw who I thought was Robert Redford at a Starbucks.
Free relatives in Minimalist Grammars. Berlin handout, ESSLLI proceedings.
  • How does [what Sam ate] get to be a DP?
Labelling in syntax. COPIL 9.
  • Chomsky's Labelling Algorithm, crash-proof syntax, and free relatives.

Miscellaneous

Skills-based grading: a novel approach to teaching formal semantics. With Maura O'Leary. LSA 2021. (Student Abstract Award, 3rd place) (slides, materials)
  • Multiple chances, but no partial credit.
There is reconstruction for Condition C in English questions. With Aya Meltzer-Asscher and Dominique Sportiche. NELS 51. (slides, video, draft)
  • Which picture of Harry did he frame? *he = Harry, experimentally.
Say-ing without a Voice. With Travis Major. NELS 51. (handout)
  • It says "Slow down!" on the sign. vs. *They say "Slow down!" on the signs.
Quotative dip in Kazan Tatar. Tu+3.
  • (Lack of) indexical shift in Kazan Tatar.
Emergence of the faithful by consonant copying in a Tagalog language game. AFLA 24.
  • hawák-ankanháwak, 'take hold of something'
Gerund imperatives. ConSOLE XXIV, pp. 282-296.
  • No walking on the grass!
Emergent syntax: insights from imperatives. MPhil, Cambridge.
  • And don't you forget it!

Research chronologically

Stockwell, Richard, & Carson T. Schütze. accepted. The puzzling nuanced status of who free relative clauses in English: A follow-up to Patterson and Caponigro (2015). To appear in English Language and Linguistics. (accepted)

O’Leary, Maura, & Richard Stockwell. 2021. Skills-based grading: a novel approach to teaching formal semantics. Talk given at the 95th annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 2021), online, 7-10 January. (Student Abstract Award, 3rd place) (slides, materials)

Stockwell, Richard. 2020. Contrast and Verb Phrase Ellipsis: Triviality, Symmetry, and Competition. PhD dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles. (link)

Stockwell, Richard, Aya Meltzer-Asscher & Dominique Sportiche. 2020. There is reconstruction for Condition C in English questions. Flash talk given at the 51st annual meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS 51), hosted online by Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), 6-8 November. (slides, video, draft)

Major, Travis, & Richard Stockwell. 2020. Say-ing without a Voice. Talk given at the 51st annual meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS 51), hosted online by Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), 6-8 November. (handout)

Stockwell, Richard. submitted. Triviality and contrast in ellipsis. Submitted to Natural Language Semantics. (draft)

Stockwell, Richard. in revision. Symmetrical predicates in verb phrase ellipsis. Submitted to Linguistic Inquiry. (draft)

Stockwell, Richard, & Carson T. Schütze. in revision. Objectless locative prepositions in British English and parallels in German dialects. Submitted to The Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics. (draft)

Stockwell, Richard, & Deborah J.M. Wong. 2020. Sprouting and the structure of except-phrases. In Mariam Asatryan, Yixiao Song and Ayana Whitmal (eds.), Proceedings of the Fiftieth Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS 50), Volume Three, pp. 169-182. GLSA. (offprint)

Stockwell, Richard. 2019. Free relatives, feature recycling, and reprojection in Minimalist Grammars. In Jennifer Sikos and Eric Pacuit (eds.), At the Intersection of Language, Logic, and Information. ESSLLI 2018. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 11667, 157-170. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. (link)

Stockwell, Richard, & Deborah Wong. 2019. Elided antecedents: sprouting with except-phrases. Poster presented at the Sluicing and Ellipsis at 50 workshop (Sluicing+@50), University of Chicago, 12-13 April. (poster)

Stockwell, Richard. 2019. Intensionality, contrast and ellipsis. Talk given at the 43rd Penn Linguistics Conference (PLC 43), University of Pennsylvania, 22-24 March. (handout)

Stockwell, Richard, & Carson T. Schütze. 2019. Dialects “haven’t got” to be the same: modal microvariation in English. In Patrick Farrell (ed.), Proceedings of 93rd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Volume 4, 31: 1-15. (link)

Schütze, Carson T., & Richard Stockwell. 2019. Transparent free relatives with who: Support for a unified analysis. In Patrick Farrell (ed.), Proceedings of 93rd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Volume 4, 40: 1-6. (link)

Stockwell, Richard, & Carson T. Schütze. 2019. Objectless locative prepositions in British English. In Patrick Farrell (ed.), Proceedings of 93rd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Volume 4, 48: 1-15. (link)

Stockwell, Richard. 2019. Emergence of the faithful by consonant copying in a Tagalog language game. In Matt Pearson (ed.), Papers from the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association 24, special publication of the Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society, Volume 12, 3: 68-81. (link)

Stockwell, Richard. 2018. Ellipsis in tautologous conditionals: the contrast condition on ellipsis. In Sireemas Maspong, Brynhildur Stefánsdóttir, Katherine Blake and Forrest Davis (eds.), Proceedings of the 28th Semantics and Linguistic Theory Conference, pp. 584-603. (link)

Stockwell, Richard. 2018. A view of free relatives from Minimalist Grammars. Talk given at the workshop on long-distance dependencies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 4-5 October. (handout)

Stockwell, Richard. 2018. Quotative dip in Kazan Tatar. In Betül Erbaşı, Sozen Ozkan & Iara Mantenuto (eds.), Proceedings of the 3rd Workshop on Turkish, Turkic and the Languages of Turkey (Tu+3). UCLA Working Papers in Linguistics, Vol. 19, article 5. (link)

Stockwell, Richard. 2017. VP ellipsis with symmetrical predicates. In Andrew Lamont & Katerina Tetzlof (eds.), NELS 47: Proceedings of the Forty-Seventh Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society, Volume 3, pp. 141-154. GLSA. (offprint)

Stockwell, Richard. 2017. Possessive preproprial determiners in North-West British English. In Julia Nee, Margaret Cychosz, Dmetri Hayes, Tyler Lau & Emily Remirez (eds.), Proceedings of the forty-third annual meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, pp. 301-315. Berkeley Linguistics Society. (paper)

Stockwell, Richard. 2016. Gerund imperatives. In Kate Bellamy, Elena Karvovskaya & George Saad, (eds.), ConSOLE XXIV: Proceedings of the 24th Conference of the Student Organization of Linguistics in Europe, pp. 282-296. Leiden: Leiden University Centre for Linguistics. (link)

Stockwell, Richard. 2016. Labelling in syntax. In András Bárány & Jessica Brown (eds.), Cambridge Occasional Papers in Linguistics, Vol. 9, pp. 130-155. Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge. (link)

Stockwell, Richard. 2015. Emergent syntax: insights from imperatives. MPhil thesis, University of Cambridge, Pembroke College. (thesis)